Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy is the alter-ego of Ivy Lin, who in her day job teaches biology at an alternative transfer high school. Ivy's love of opera began when her father decreed that Mozart, Beethoven and other symphonic and instrumental works were superior to opera. Naturally, Ivy rebelled and began to secretly listen to Met broadcasts on Saturday afternoons on WQXR. In her spare time Ivy runs her own performance arts blog, brags about her cat, and obsesses over Game of Thrones. If Ivy were to sing opera she’d be typecast as Despina until she was in a wheelchair.


The dark side of the moon The dark side of the moon

After viewing Stefan Herheim’s production of Rusalka, I’ve got a new category: “regie slick.”

on September 16, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Bomb scare Bomb scare

The appeal of Ariadne auf Naxos (for me anyway) is the acknowledgment that underneath it all, opera (and all other forms of “high art”) is really show business.

on September 08, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Rich man’s frug Rich man’s frug

A good performance of a Rossini opera buffa usually bubbles along merrily.

on September 03, 2014 at 1:24 AM
Lost in space Lost in space

It’s rare to encounter a video of an opera that has zero redeeming qualities, but I think I might have found it: the latest Arena di Verona La Traviata.

on August 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Play your hunch Play your hunch

Bel Canto at Caramoor is something that I’ve always wanted to attend but never have because … well because frankly I’m just too lazy during the summers, and I’m also a big baby about outdoor performances.

on July 21, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Auto-da-fair Auto-da-fair

The Salzburg Festival has long had the image of this place where for a little over a month, the very best singers are brought together with the very best conductors and the very best directors to create the very best productions the opera world has to offer.

on June 16, 2014 at 8:15 AM
Project runway Project runway

Some ideas are so absurd that the only way to describe them is to simply use the liner notes.

on May 27, 2014 at 12:48 PM
New faces of 2014 New faces of 2014

Once upon a time, a man and a woman met. He could sing, she could sing. They fell in love, got married, and became a power couple to rival Billary.

on May 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM
The beautiful rooms are empty The beautiful rooms are empty

It appears that Mariame Clément’s conception of Don Pasquale is that the opera should be retitled Malatesta.

on May 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM
The ladies in question The ladies in question

There is a truism that there are no small parts, only small singers. Last night’s Così fan tutte has made me consider another possible truism: there are no bad productions, only miscast productions.

on May 09, 2014 at 6:53 PM
Heartbreak fridge Heartbreak fridge

Before there was Verdi’s Otello, Rossini’s Otello was considered the master operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

on May 04, 2014 at 8:30 AM
Red queen Red queen

Joyce DiDonato is taking her Mary Stuart on the road, so to speak.

on April 28, 2014 at 8:00 AM
Count me in Count me in

The legions of New York opera buffs who now can’t talk about anything but Javier Camarena will be happy to know that there’s now a DVD release of their new favorite tenor in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory available.

on April 25, 2014 at 8:15 AM
Purity woman Purity woman

That’s the exact word I’d use to describe Olga Peretyatko’s debut in I Puritani last night at the Metropolitan Opera: “calm.”

on April 18, 2014 at 2:33 AM
State of grace State of grace

Lawrence Brownlee’s new album Virtuoso Rossini Arias demonstrate both how far the tenore di grazia has  come in the operatic world.

on April 16, 2014 at 10:44 PM
No limits No limits

The scene: a vocal audition, sometime in the past. A young, blond soprano approaches the podium. Her aria: “Un bel di.” She sings. Before she gets to the second “Chi sara” she’s rudely interrupted.

on April 16, 2014 at 1:42 AM
Critic in crinoline Critic in crinoline

About this evening: the opera we saw was Arabella, written by a gentleman named Mr. Richard Strauss.

on April 04, 2014 at 1:38 AM
Spring will be a little late this year Spring will be a little late this year

La bohème  is such a popular romantic opera that hardly anyone ever notices that Mimì and Rodolfo undergo what in modern terms would be called speed dating.

on March 27, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Where the boys are Where the boys are

When Norman Lebrecht is declaring on an almost daily basis that classical music is dead, it’s perhaps heartening that four of today’s prominent tenors have recently released what might be called fluff/vanity albums.

on March 26, 2014 at 11:57 AM
A pretty boy milking his bows A pretty boy milking his bows

This afternoon at the Met, Grigolo sold his performance like the rent was due tomorrow and he was down to his last penny.

on March 09, 2014 at 10:50 PM
Full of beans Full of beans

It’s been a bitterly cold winter in NY. When it’s bitterly cold, the air is dry.

on March 07, 2014 at 4:02 AM
Winter wonder man Winter wonder man

Life is not fair. There are rules that apply to Jonas Kaufmann, and rules that apply to everyone else.

on February 19, 2014 at 2:02 AM
Destination moon Destination moon

The legend of the mermaid is ancient, and recently scientists have theorized that these legends might have arisen when humans encountered marine mammals such as whales, seals, or sea lions.

on January 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM
Castanets of thousands Castanets of thousands

Outdoor arena opera always seems faintly ridiculous.

on January 13, 2014 at 10:08 PM
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